LONGMONT — The Silver Creek Raptors had fallen into a hole the first time they played Mountain View.
They did it again on Tuesday afternoon in the rematch, but the response was completely different.
The Raptors, down 5-0 after an inning and a half, saw their bats wake-up and they went on to out-score the Mountain Lions 14-2 the rest of the way — winning 14-7 — and handed Mountain View its first Northern League loss of the season.
"We expected them to score a few runs on us in the beginning," Silver Creek junior second baseman Emma Flynn said. "I think we all thought 'oh-no' because of the last game we played against them and we never came back."
Seventh-ranked Silver Creek (15-3 overall, 11-2 in the Northern League) will finish up the regular season on Thursday against Longmont and await their postseason fate on the weekend. Mountain View (15-3, 12-1), currently ranked No. 7, came in with a two game lead in the league on Silver Creek and with a victory over Northridge will claim the league title outright.
Facing a familiar arm in Mountain View's Lilly Meza, the Raptors stayed true to their approach at the plate and played some long-ball in the second inning that got the offensive snowball rolling down hill.
Kendra Green led off the second inning by belting a solo home run over both fences in left field. Two pitches later, Flynn went the opposite way and for back-to-back home runs and igniting the spark the Raptors needed.
"We've had a lot of talented teams here over the last decade, and this one is one of the more talented, but the problem we've had is coming in prepared," Silver Creek coach Ryan Beavers said. "Same thing happened today, but we made some adjustments and that is something we really have to get better at going in to the postseason."
The Raptors completed the comeback and took the lead for good in the bottom of the third inning. They started the frame with seven consecutive hits, including a two-run home run by Jetta Nannen. Flynn, who finished a triple shy of the cycle, ripped a two run double to left field.
"The devil is in the details," Beavers said. "We always say 'A lot of people go to church, but very few actually understand religion.' Softball is not much different. Everybody can play, but showing up everyday and trying to be prepared, if you want to compete for a state title, you have to do that."
Silver Creek pounded out 20 hits against Meza, who was living on the outer half of the plate and the Raptors knew it and took advantage. Green finished with four hits and Dana Dwyer, Casey Wagner and Flynn each had three.
SILVER CREEK 14, MOUNTAIN VIEW 7
At Silver Creek
Mountain View (15-3, 12-1) 411 000 1 — 7 7 1
Silver Creek (15-3, 11-2) 025 340 x — 14 20 7
W — Kendra Green. L — Lilly Meza.
Mountain View hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Tara Shadowen 3-2-1-0, Izzy Griego 3-0-1-1, Kaley Barker 3-1-0-0, Madison Langman 3-1-0-0, Kendra Seely 4-1-1-1, Lilly Meza 4-1-2-1, Jaycee Schroeder 0-1-0-0, Breanna VanDenBosch 3-0-2-1, Kailee Stobee 3-0-0-0, Jaelyn Taylor 3-0-0-0, Peyton Duke 0-0-0-0. Totals 29-7-7-4.
Silver Creek hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Kayla Harper 5-2-2-0, Jetta Nannen 4-2-2-3, Dana Dwyer 4-2-3-0, Casey Wagner 4-3-3-1, Kendra Green 4-1-4-2, Brooke Wager 0-3-0-0, Emma Flynn 3-1-3-4, Makenna Wright 4-0-2-2, Bailey Beavers 3-0-0-0, Morgan Cook 1-0-0-0, Becca Dunn 3-0-1-1, Mallory Granger 0-0-0-0, Lucy Scott 1-0-0-0. Totals 36-14-20, 13.
Mountain View pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Meza 6-20-14-12-1-6.
Silver Creek pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Green 7-7-7-1-4-5.